Kings Make Second Round of Cuts – Slim Roster to 37

The Los Angeles Kings made their second round roster cuts over the weekend, slimming the training camp roster down to 37 players.

The second round of cuts was announced Friday, September 26th.  The following players were reassigned to the King American Hockey League affiliate the Manchester Monarchs, to their respective Junior hockey league teams or were released from a pro tryout.  Ten total players were sent down to Manchester, two were reassigned to Junior teams, and one was released from the Kings organization.

-Justin Auger – Left Wing – Assigned to Manchester Monarchs.

-Jeff Deslauriers – Goaltender – Released from pro tryout.

-Kevin Gravel – Defensemen -Assigned to Manchester Monarchs.

-Ryan Horvat – Center – Assigned to Manchester Monarchs.

-Maxim Kitsyn – Left Wing – Assigned to Manchester Monarchs.

-Zachary Leslie – Defensemen – Assigned to Manchester Monarchs.

-Alex Lintuniemi – Defensemen – Returned to Junior team, the Ottawa 67’s in the Ontario Hockey League

-Kurtis MacDermid – Defensemen – Assigned to Manchester Monarchs.

-Michael Mersch – Left Wing – Assigned to Manchester Monarchs.

-Colin Miller – Defensemen – Assigned to Manchester Monarchs.

-Alex Roach – Defensemen – Assigned to Manchester Monarchs.

-Scott Sabourin – Right Wing – Assigned to Manchester Monarchs.

-Valentin Zykov – Right Wing – Returned to Junior team, the Baie-Comeau Drakkar of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Ryan Horvat entered camp as a tryout for the Kings but played his way to a pro contract and a spot with the Monarchs.

Fan favorite Scott Sabourin did not make the team again this year, at least out of camp.  Sabourin will start in Manchester and continue to fine tune his skills with the hope of being called up to replace an injury to the Kings roster.

Valentin Zykov was impressive, and showed off his talent with the puck and ability to score during the rookie training camp.  A loaded roster allows the Kings time with the 19-year-old Russian.  The extra time to develop, and remain dominant at the Junior level will benefit Zykov.  Though it may not be what he wants patience is a virtue for Zykov.  He’ll be in the show wearing the Black and Silver in the next few years.